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Lakewood, Washington
City
Official logo of Lakewood, Washington
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Location of Lakewood in Pierce County and Washington
Location of Lakewood in
Pierce County and Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Pierce
Settled 1833
Incorporated (city) February 28, 1996
Area
 • Total 49.1 sq mi (127.2 km2)
 • Land 47.32 sq mi (122.59 km2)
 • Water 1.78 sq mi (4.61 km2)  9.39%
Elevation 262 ft (80 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 58,163
 • Estimate (2015) 59,829
 • Rank US: 615th
 • Density 3,387.5/sq mi (1,307.9/km2)
Demonym(s) Lakewoodian
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 98439, 98498, 98499
Area code(s) 253
FIPS code 53-38038
GNIS feature ID 1512373
Website cityoflakewood.us

Lakewood is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 58,163 at the 2010 census.

History

Lakewood was officially incorporated on February 28, 1996. Historical names include Tacoma/Lakewood Center and Lakes District (this name was used by the U.S. Census in the 1970 and 1980 Census). Lakewood is the second-largest city in Pierce County and is home to the Clover Park School District, the Lakes Water District, Fort Steilacoom Park and Western State Hospital, a regional state psychiatric hospital.

Geography

Lakewood is located at 47°10′N 122°32′W / 47.167°N 122.533°W / 47.167; -122.533 (47.164, -122.526).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.95 square miles (49.08 km2), of which, 17.17 square miles (44.47 km2) is land and 1.78 square miles (4.61 km2) is water.

There are several lakes within the city limits; the largest in area are American Lake, Lake Steilacoom, Gravelly Lake, Lake Louise, and Waughop Lake. A number of small creeks flow through Lakewood, some of which drain into nearby Puget Sound. The largest of these, Chambers Creek, flows from Lake Steilacoom to Chambers Bay between nearby University Place and Steilacoom.

The western terminus of State Route 512 is in Lakewood, at its intersection with Interstate 5. The proposed State Route 704 would be the only other state highway entering the city.

In 2004, the City of Lakewood formed the community's first Police Department, a move that has dropped the crime dramatically in recent years and has created a safer community in general.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 48,195
1980 54,533 13.2%
1990 58,412 7.1%
2000 58,211 −0.3%
2010 58,163 −0.1%
Est. 2015 59,829 2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 58,163 people, 24,069 households, and 14,412 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,387.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,307.9/km2). There were 26,548 housing units at an average density of 1,546.2 per square mile (597.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 59.3% White, 11.8% African American, 1.3% Native American, 9.0% Asian, 2.6% Pacific Islander, 7.3% from other races, and 8.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.3% of the population.

There were 24,069 households of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.3% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.1% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the city was 36.6 years. 22.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.4% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 13.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 58,211 people, 23,792 households, and 15,084 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,401.3 people per square mile (1,313.6/km²). There were 25,396 housing units at an average density of 1,483.9 per square mile (573.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 64.82% White, 12.25% African American, 8.95% Asian, 1.84% Pacific Islander, 1.55% Native American, 3.55% from other races, and 7.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.49% of the population.

There were 23,792 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.6% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.94.

The population is spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,422, and the median income for a family was $42,551. Males had a median income of $31,434 versus $26,653 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,569. About 12.5% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.5% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest

  • Fort Steilacoom
  • Lakewold Gardens
  • Lakewood Towne Center
  • Lakewood Playhouse
  • Thornewood
  • Western State Hospital

Recognition

Lakewood and Pierce County were named among the 100 Best Places for Young People by America's Promise.


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